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a. At a distance in place, position, or time: railings spaced two feet apart; born three years apart.
b. Away from another or others: grew apart over the years; decided to live apart.
2. In or into parts or pieces: split apart.
3. One from another: I can't tell the twins apart.
4. Aside or in reserve, as for a separate use or purpose: funds set apart for the project.
5. As a distinct item or entity: Quality sets it apart.
Set apart; isolated. Used after a noun or in the predicate: a people who have existed over the centuries as a world apart.
Being excepted or excluded from consideration: All joking apart, I think you're wrong.

[Middle English, from Old French a part : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + part, side (from Latin pars, part-; see part).]

a·part′ness n.


the quality of being apart
References in classic literature ?
The feeling of apartness from others comes to most with puberty, but it is not always developed to such a degree as to make the difference between the individual and his fellows noticeable to the individual.
Let us note again that the relation [[not equal to].sub.2] is a diversity but it is not apartness, in general case.
6 South African prime minister Doctor Malan instituted which system meaning apartness or separate development?
The 'apartness' of the subject is intensified in the return of the gaze; apartness is felt in the moment of exposure to others, an exposure that is wounding." (82) Hence, it is the capacity of the skin to expose the self to others and the ways in which others may respond to that exposed skin that make the skin an important site to be "managed." But, taking it further while drawing from Harre and Fanon, I argue that the interviewees' emphasis on face and other visible parts of the skin indicate how the skin, because of its embodiment of private and public self, functions as a site upon which moral judgments are based.
Instead, his pathology--which is to say his mental apartness, imbalance, or singularity--is portrayed as elevating, unique, exalted, even as it destroys.
Now, as then, he must have felt the same apartness, the same desperation.
"L'impossible" is left untouched, "intact"--whether it corresponds to a reunion with lost others, to a return to places long since left, to forgotten moments of the past, to the ultimately untranslatable language of visuality, or indeed to the foreign yet primordial idiome that might bear and sustain their otherness and apartness. The impossible entails both the desire that prompts Dohollau's writing and the demand for restraint which characterizes it.
In 1948, these racial inequalities eventually derived to a systematically expanded and mandated policy of racism labeled Apartheid (an Afrikaans word derived from Dutch, meaning "apartness" or separate) (Fiske & Ladd, 2004).
This apartness helps you see things not only creatively, but also humorously--and Jews are disproportionately represented in humor.
"Each tribe has a name and a territory, settles its own affairs, goes to war with the others, has a distinct language or at least a distinct dialect, and a variety of symbolic ways of demonstrating its apartness from others." (3) The consequence of this type of environment is the creation of a conservative climate in which boundaries are jealously protected and guarded.
Of course, this spatial apartness accomplishes the fundamental colonial project of erecting artificial boundaries between colonial over-lordship and its subjugated others, executing a social stratification and cultural hierarchization based on power and racial relations.
Another example is Einstein, of whom Pais [23] remarked on his 'apartness' and Gardner [24] reported that he "...